Michelle Nussbaumer

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what is your idea of perfect design happiness? TO HAVE A CLIENT WHO HAS GREAT TASTE, AND A GREAT BUDGET!

what is your greatest fear in design? I FEEL PRETTY FEARLESS

which historical design figure do you most identify with? DIANA VREELAND AND AUNTIE MAME

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ABOVE | diana vreeland | bronze chinese crane

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? PAINTING, BECAUSE I LOVE COLOR

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what is your greatest design extravagance? TRAVEL

when and where were you happiest with your design? WHEN I LIVED IN ROME, INSPIRATION WAS AROUND EVERY CORNER

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? THAT I’M STILL IN DESIGN

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? I WANT TO COME BACK AS MALMAISON, EMPEROR NAPOLEAN AND EMPRESS JOSEPHINE’S LOVE SHACK OUTSIDE OF PARIS

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ABOVE | blue sultana | chateu malmaison

which living designer do you most admire? AS ALBERTO PINTO JUST DIED, I’LL HAVE TO GO WITH A TIE BETWEEN JACQUES GARCIA AND AXEL VERVOORDT

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? A PSYCHIATRY DEGREE

what is your most treasured design related possession? MY STAFF

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? MATCHY-MATCHY TRITE DECORATING

what curse word do you most frequently use? ALL OF THE ONES THAT START WITH AN F

what is your favorite design related word? DIVINO

what is your least favorite design related word? GLAMOROUS AND FABULOUS, OR FABULOUSLY GLAMOROUS

what turns you on in design? BEAUTY

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ABOVE | michelle nussbaumer design | chinese cylindrical jar

what turns you off in design? MEANNESS

what is your motto in design? MORE IS MORE

PROUST ON DESIGN | Answered by my design icons, these must-ask questions come from a 19th century parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, the French novelist, essayist & critic. This interview technique has been used by many journalists throughout the years but my column was primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of Vanity Fair(my alma mater). The twist here on CLOTH & KIND is that I've repurposed each question to relate to interior design. To read all of my Proust on Design interviews, please click here. Enjoy!